In my last post, we discussed the different ways that inclusion ministries get started. It’s important to remember that there are no “one way” streets in this kind of ministry; many avenues for merging into this ministry exist! Choose the one that is right for your church and the families you serve.
BUT…don’t go it alone! As with most ministries, special needs are best addressed by a team. After all, we’re the Body of Christ, and we need the gifts of everyone to be a complete community. We only need to look to the long-standing public school method of identifying and educating kids with disabilities to know that a team approach works!
Here are some tips for creating your team:
- Identify “stakeholders” from all areas of your church: facilities, Children’s Ministry, leadership (elder board or pastor), parents of kids with special needs, parents of typically developing kids, medical/educational professionals from the church or community
- Invite anyone who might be interested. Remember: this is a ministry of inclusion. Begin your ministry with a culture of acceptance and model that everyone who has a willing heart has gifts that can and should be used!
- Find another church with a similar ministry. There is no need to re-create the wheel! Invite the advice and counsel of other leaders, especially those who are connected in your community.
Let’s go team!
Stay tuned: we’ll discuss creating policies and procedures that make sense in our next post!